Crooked Lane Farm

Mary Jo Schmid and Brent Larson opened a prairie-centric learning facility and event center outside Colfax, North Dakota.

A curvy gravel road leads around soybean fields to the Crooked Lane Farm outside of Colfax, North Dakota. Visitors are greeted by a small black terrier named Dale, who has the run of the property, which is dotted with several outbuildings, a large red barn, and the main house. The Century Farm, built in 1912, has been converted to a new folk school and event center created by Brent Larson and Mary Jo Schmid.

The couple, former educators from Moorhead, Minnesota, decided to take on Larson’s family farm and make it into a center for learning about the prairie and a place to hold community events. The couple is committed to preserving, growing and celebrating the rural community through education and the arts.

Crooked Lane Farm

A new farmhouse was built at Crooked Lane Farm which converts from living space to classroom and meeting space within an hour. The farm has been in Brent Larson’s family for more than 100 years.



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